• Mayo University Hospital says they hope to resume a full schedule of surgery next week, after a number of procedures were postponed at the hospital this week, due to a problem with a water pump.

    The failed water pump in the hospital's Sterile Services Department - where surgical instruments are sterilised for use in theatre - has led to the deferral of a number of procedures.

    In a statement to Midwest News this afternoon, the Saolta Hospital Group said the failed pump was successfully replaced yesterday, and the equipment is being re-commissioned with a view to resuming a full schedule of surgery next week.

    Patients who had their surgery postponed this week will be contacted early next week with a re-scheduled date.

    A hospital spokesperson was not available for interview, but in a statement, management say they realise this has had a significant impact on patients and their families, and regret having to postpone procedures.


  • Surgery has resumed today at Mayo University Hospital, following a problem with a water pump last week which resulted in the postponement of a number of procedures.

    The failed water pump in the Sterile Services Dept was replaced late last week, and the Saolta Hospital group has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that a full list of surgery is scheduled and underway today, following the completion of works on Friday.


  • There are not enough staff to operate all of the theatres at Galway University Hospital on a full time basis.

    That was confirmed to Headford based Fianna Fail Cllr Mary Hoade at this week’s HSE Regional Health Forum meeting.

    Cllr Hoade says while all theatres are open at GUH at present, they are being optimised in line with available staff.

    She says it is one thing to have theatres closed at Merlin Park but it is a concern that there aren’t enough staff to keep them in use on a full time basis at GUH.